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Listen to Prof. Levy-Pounds on MPR News, African Americans and the incarceration gap

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Prof. Levy-Pounds speaks about African Americans and the incarceration gap on MPR News Friday Round Table, July 18.

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Prof. Levy-Pounds writes in the Star Tribune, "As the Battle for Equity Heats Up, Scapegoats are Caught in the Crossfire"

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Prof. Levy-Pounds writes in the Star Tribune, "As the Battle for Equity Heats Up, Scapegoats are Caught in the Crossfire."

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Nekima Levy-Pounds walks the walk for civil rights and social justice

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Prof. Levy-Pounds, Director of the Community Justice Project, is featured in the Twin Cities Daily Planet's Our Stories for her work, process, and commitment to social justice..

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Prof. Levy-Pounds receives Hennepin County diversity award

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The award recognizes Levy-Pounds’ “outstanding commitment toward increasing diversity in the legal profession.”

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Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds receives Hennepin County Bar Association Diversity Award

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds will be recognized at the Hennepin County Bar Association's 95th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on May 20th with the Diversity Award.

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Retrospective Case Study Reveals the Impact of Phone Calls on Prisoners and Their Families

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“If you nurture a plant, it grows; if you comfort a loved one incarcerated, it encourages his awareness for being loved.” ‌A study conducted by the University of St. Thomas Community Justice Project Legal Clinic in 2013 found a simple phone call to a loved one from prison is like “a fistful of gold,” a lifeline to prisoners. Through this study, twenty-two men of the Power of People Leadership Institute were able to reflect back to their time while incarcerated and express their need for telephone calls as a “light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel.” Since being released from prison, these men have served as leaders in the community.

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Lawyers of Color Names Levy-Pounds One of the Most Influential Law Professors in the U.S.

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University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, Director of The Community Justice Project, is one of the most influential young minority law professors in the country, according to media and research company Lawyers of Color.

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Prof. Levy-Pounds calls for a Paradigm Shift in Public Education

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Prof. Levy-Pounds calls for a paradigm shift in public education in an article in Minn Post.

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KFAI Interview: Prison Phone Justice

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KFAI's Rico Morales talked with Dr. Tyner and Community Justice Project student, Terri Schmitz, about helping families stay in touch when someone is incarcerated.

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The Prison Phone Justice Team at the Racial Justice Rally

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Prison Phone Justice Team of the Community Justice Project attend at the Racial Justice Rally on March 5, 2014

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Rosenblum: Calls to reform unfair prison phone system

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Dr. Tyner and Teri Schmitz featured in a Start Tribune article, Rosenblum: Calls to reform unfair prison phone system on March 5.

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Professor Levy-Pounds Speaks at the School to Prison Pipeline Protest and Rally at Central High School

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Professor Levy-Pounds Speaks at the School to Prison Pipeline Protest and Rally at Central High School. See the story and video coverage.

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Dr. Tyner Serves as Panelist at the ABA’s School to Prison Pipeline Town Hall Forum

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Dr. Tyner serves as a panelist at the ABA’s School to Prison Pipeline Town Hall Forum.

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Prof. Levy-Pounds recognized in the new generation of African-American leaders with a new fight

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Prof. Levy-Pounds, Director of the Community Justice Project, is recognized as a part of the 'new generation of African-American leaders' with a new fight here in the Twin Cities.

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Watch Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds' moving speech on the status of Martin Luther King's dream

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MLK's Dream: Where Are We Now? watch Prof. Levy-Pounds speak on and to Dr. Martin Luther King's dream

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Profiles of Courage: Leadership Lessons from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Dr.Tyner

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Dr. Tyner writes Profiles of Courage: Leadership Lessons from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for BlackLifeCoaches.net

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Prof. Levy-Pounds Speaks about Minnesota's Employment Gap on MPR News

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A new report by Minnesota's advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found the employment gap between whites and people of color "intolerable." Listen to Prof. Levy-Pounds on MPR News.

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State advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights releases report co-authored by students, professors on unemployment disparity in Minnesota

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The Minnesota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has released a new report co-authored by students and professors from the University of St. Thomas School of Law that examines the underlying causes of racial disparity in unemployment in Minnesota and recommendations for change.

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Martin Luther King's Dream—Where Are We Now? on Jan 23, featuring keynote speaker Prof. Levy-Pounds

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Dr. Martin Luther King offered America a compelling vision for social change that transformed our nation. As part of Humphrey School’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, we are calling our beloved community together to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision and goals, and explore where we stand now. Keynote speaker Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, civil rights attorney and director of the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, will share her views on the status of Dr. Martin Luther King’s "Dream" today.

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POLICY AND A PINT: Minnesota and Race In The 21st Century with special guest Nekima Levy-Pounds

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds, Antonio Cardona, and Chris Stewart are featured guests at POLICY AND A PINT: Minnesota and Race In The 21st Century, a Martin Luther King Day edition.

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Karamu Forum: Reflections on freedom's journey

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Dr. Tyner writes of Karamu Reform in Insight News on December 26, 2013.

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Minnesota needs prison phone policy reform

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Alex Migambi, CJP student, writes of prison phone policy reform for Insight News

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Community Justice Project student, Sarah Orange, blogs about the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice

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Community Justice Project student, Sarah Orange, blogs about the campaign for prison phone justice on the Media Action Grassroots Network site.

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Justice 4 All: Bridging the racial jobs gap

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Now is the time to take action in order to ensure those with a criminal history have a second chance. A chance to write a new chapter for their futures by becoming gainfully employed, supporting their families, and strengthening our community. Take Action MN and community leaders are working to make this vision a reality. Please join the Target Racial Jobs Gap meeting on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Capri Theatre to lead change in Minnesota. For more information about Take Action Minnesota and the Justice 4 All Campaign (a part of the Community Justice Project) please visit: www.takeactionminnesota.org.

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds Participates in the Mayoral Debate on Education

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"The star of the evening: Moderator Nekima Levy-Pounds, the University of St. Thomas law professor who insisted on answers from candidates who tried to duck pointed questions, shut down speechifying and interjected enough wit to keep the air breathable." writes Beth Hawkins about Pro. Levy-Pounds participation in the mayoral debate on education on September 16, 2013.

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Katherine Tinucci, Gov. Dayton's Campaign Manager and former Community Justice Project student makes the news in MinnPost

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Katherine Tinucci, Gov. Dayton's Campaign Manager and former Community Justice Project student makes the news in MinnPost

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds speaks on MPR News

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds is featured in MPR News on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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50 years after the March on Washington: It's time to arise to today's civil-rights challenges by Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds writes an article in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington that appeared in MinnPost.

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Prison Phone Justice: Making Connections for Families

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The work of Dr. Tyner and the Community Justice Project in the campaign for prison phone justice gets coverage by writer, filmmaker, activist, Vina Kay in Opine Season.

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Professor Levy-Pounds Discusses the Zimmerman Verdict on WCCO Radio, July 14, 2013

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Professor Levy-Pounds appeared on WCCO Radio’s “News and Views” with Roshini Rajkumar on July 14, 2013 to discuss the George Zimmerman verdict.

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In the aftermath of Zimmerman’s acquittal, racial justice remains elusive by Prof. Levy-Pounds

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Prof. Levy-Pounds writes of issues of race, young Black men, and the law that factored into Trayvon Martin's untimely death in the Community Voices section of the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

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Hopkins High School black students' suspensions, charges dismissed

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Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds successfully advocates for African American male students at Hopkins High School who faced suspension and criminal citations for their involvement in peacefully protesting a racially-charged incident in February.

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Professor Levy-Pounds writes about the Public Education-reform debate and Institutional Racism in MinnPost

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Prof. Levy-Pounds writes of public education-reform and the issues that children of color experience within the system.

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Dr Artika Tyner: “NCMR 2013: A Journey of Exploration and Learning”

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Dr. Tyner writes about her experience at the 2013 National Conference for Media Reform.

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The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice receives 2013 UST Mission Award

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Congratulations to our CJP students on living the UST mission.

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Parent Voices Talk Radio covers How Are The Children? Part VI: Re-Imagining Public Education

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Parent Voices Talk Radio covers How Are The Children? Part VI: Re-Imagining Public Education, a symposium created by the Community Justice Project, that's in its sixth year.

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Dollars and Sense: The Case for Prison Phone Justice by Dr. Tyner, Natalie Peterson, and Shannon West

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Dr. Artika Tyner, Natalie Peterson, and Shannon West of the Community Justice Project write an article in Insight News about their work for Prison Phone Justice.

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Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds writes for the MinnPost Community Voices section about the plight of young black men in Minnesota

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Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds of the Community Justice Project writes for the MinnPost about the plight of young black men in Minnesota. "Minnesota’s long-standing reputation as a progressive state may very well be in jeopardy. A look at the statistics surrounding the quality of life for young African-American men point to a picture that is bleak and difficult to ignore. These young men represent fewer than 5 percent of our state population, but are more than 35 percent of our state prison population. They are more likely to have contacts with police and probation officers than college recruiters and job interviewers. They are also more likely to live in prison housing than on college campuses in our state. This has to change."

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A presentation by Dr. Tyner inspires Central High School students to action

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A presentation by Dr. Tyner entitled Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline: Research and Recommendations for Creating New Pipelines to Success Workshop on November 8, 2012 inspires Central High School students to action. In the presentation, Dr. Tyner addressed equity issues underlying the disproportionate representation of students of color, in particular African American students, in school disciplinary proceedings and juvenile detention.

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Registration now open for How Are The Children? Part VI, Re-Imagining Public Education in Minnesota

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In recent years, much attention has been paid to the growing disparities in public education between white children and children of color in our state. For example, according to the Minnesota Department of Education, African American male students lag 30 percentage points or more behind their white counterparts in reading and math proficiency. Students of color are also more likely to be suspended and expelled than their white counterparts. Evidence suggests that numerous factors contribute to these disparities and threaten the future viability of our state, if not addressed with a sense of urgency. Come and learn about ways in which teachers, parents, lawyers, policy makers, community members, and nonprofits, can work collaboratively and proactively to strengthen educational outcomes for all children in Minnesota and transform a crisis into an opportunity for change.

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Highlighting the Prison Phone Justice Campaign

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The work of the Prison Phone Justice team of the Community Justice Project is featured in the UST Newsroom - Professional Notes for December 20, 2012.

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Congratulations to Dr. Tyner 2013 Honoree of the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar

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For the seventh year, the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar Award Committee a part of the PROCEED Foundation has produced this calendar to showcase the accomplishments of African Americans with roots in Minnesota. The Committee will be recognizing twelve individuals for letting their voices be heard for the shaping of future plans for our community and state. These individuals represent various sources of informational and educational practices to enlighten and inspire others to improve our society. This year’s theme, “Vanguards of Our Legacies” recognizes the honorees’ contributions for setting the tone and facilitating the message for the expectations, hopes and dreams for citizens of African descent as well as for all Minnesotans.

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Brotherhood, Inc. Featured in Minnesota Public Radio News

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Read about an inspirational story behind the work of Brotherhood, Inc. Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds, Director of the Community Justice Project, comments in the Minnesota Public Radio News story.

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Dr. Artika Tyner Blogs about the Principles of Timebanking on the Minnesota Campus Compact Community Website

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Dr. Artika Tyner, Clinical Law Faculty with the Community Justice Project, blogs about the principles of timebanking on the MN Campus Compact website.

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Community Justice Project's Brotherhood, Inc. earns runner up in the Mosaic Social Entrepreneur Competition

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The Community Justice Project's Brotherhood, Inc. earns runner up in the Mosaic Social Entrepreneur competition. Neal St. Anthony mentions the award winners and special mentions in the Star Tribune.

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CJP In the News: Dr. Tyner is featured in the Minnesota Women's Press

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Dr. Tyner is featured in the Minnesota Women's Press, discussing her reading list and her work with the Community Justice Project.

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Dr. Artika Tyner writes about the Principals of Timebanking

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Dr. Artika Tyner writes about the principals of timebanking for Insight News, August 20, 2012.

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds Blogs on Prison Phone Justice Issues

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds blogs for children of incarcerated parents and the challenges they face in maintaining contact with a parent during incarceration. The Community Justice Project will be working with the Center for Media Justice on a Prison Phone Justice Campaign that sheds light on this issue.

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The Community Justice Project's Brotherhood Inc. Advances to the Finals of the 2012 Mosaic Social Entrepreneurs Cup

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The Community Justice Project's Brotherhood Inc. Advances to the Finals of the Mosaic Social Entrepreneurs Cup

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CJP In the News: Alex Campion Receives Service-Learning Graduate Student Award

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Alex Campion, advanced CJP student, receives the 2012 Service-Learning Graduate Student Award for her exemplary participation in the Service-Learning program at the University of St. Thomas.

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IPC In The News: Alex Campion receives Pauline Lambert Advocacy Award

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Advanced Community Justice Project student, Alex Campion, is honored with the 2012 Pauline Lambert Advacacy Award for taking initiative in challenging problems that exist around gender issues on campus. Congratulations Alex!

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CJP In the News: CJP students lead a workshop to help teens.

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CJP students Carlie Colburn and Jonica Jones lead a workshop entitled: “Teens and the Law: Know your rights.” This workshop was presented to youth leaders at the Wilder Foundation’s Youth Leadership Initiative Resources Fair on March 8, 2012.

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CJP in the News: Twin Cities Daily Planet covers CJP Symposium

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How are the Children? Part V, From the Classroom to the Courtroom, Exploring a Child's Journey through the Justice System, a March 14, 2012 symposium organized by the Community Justice Project, is covered by the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

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Prof. Tyner is the Winner of the Beat the Odds Blog Contest

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Congrats to Prof. Tyner, Clinical Legal Faculty in the Community Justice Project and winner of the Beat the Odds blog contest! She and her guest will be seated at the Minnesota Vikings Children's Fund Social Media Table. Read her blog, "Beat the Odds–Investing Today, Creating Lasting Change for Tomorrow."

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CJP In the News: Professor Levy-Pounds receives the Launa Q. Newman Community Services Award

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Professor Levy-Pounds, Director of the Community Justice Project, receives the Launa Q. Newman Community Services Award at the "Lifting As We Climb" luncheon and ceremony held on March 8, 2012 by The Woman's Club of Minneapolis.

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Nathaniel Khaliq is rewarded the Iustitia Et Lex Award

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Mr. Nathaniel Khaliq, former president of the St. Paul chapter of the NAACP and long time collaborator with the Community Justice Project, receives the honorable Iustitia Et Lex award in 2011. The award is presented annually to a member of the Twin Cities legal community whose life and work demonstrate a passion in justice and law. Congratulations Mr. Khaliq!

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CJP in the News: The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder covers the work of Professor Levy-Pounds and the Community Justice Project

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The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder covers the work of the Community Justice Project and Prof. Levy-Pounds.

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CJP in the News: The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder covers the work of Professor Levy-Pounds and the Community Justice Project

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The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder covers the work of Prof. Levy-Pounds in a December 14, 2011 story.

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The Community Justice Project seeks used computers, printers in working condition

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Computer and printer donations will help change the lives of young African American men through the Community Justice Project. Read more from the University of St. Thomas Bulletin Today story, December 14, 2011.

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Prof. Tyner featured for the Page Alumni MLK Service Day

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Prof. Tyner, Clinical Faculty in the Community Justice Project, is featured in the Page Alumni Foundation MLK Service Day e-newsletter. Read her alumni profile.

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CJP in the News: Star Tribune covers CJP's Brotherhood, Inc.

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The Community Justice Project's Brotherhood, Inc. gets positive coverage in the Star Tribune on March 8, 2011. http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/117624068.html

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CJP Awards: Minnesota Campus Compact Video of CJP work leading to Carter Partnership Award

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Minnesota Campus Compact celebrates Community Justice Project's Carter Partnership award, click on the image on the homepage to see the video of their work.

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Congratulations to the Community Justice Project and the St. Paul NAACP for being awarded the 2010 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award

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The Community Justice Project (CJP) and St. Paul NAACP partnership advocates for changes in laws and policies that negatively impact communities of color, improves dialogue among community and government stakeholders, and supports restorative justice and reintegration programs. The Award was announced on June 17, 2010 at the Minnesota Campus Compact's Annual Summit Luncheon.

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CJP in the News: Professor Levy-Pounds

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Levy-Pounds Puts St. Thomas Weight Behind Civil Rights Struggle, follow the July 20, 2010 story recognizing the outstanding efforts of Community Justice Project Director, Prof. Levy-Pounds, for her critical work.

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CJP in the News: Twin Cities Daily Planet covers GangNet work

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Twin Cities Daily Planet covers CJP's work with GangNet in a news article on November 29, 2009, Labeled for life: Minnesota's gang databases need reform.

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CJP in the News: Pioneer Press covers CJP work on GangNet database

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The front page of the Pioneer Press online, December 2, 2009, covers CJP's work with the GangNet database system and includes their report entitled Evaluation of Gang Databases in Minnesota & Recommendations for Change. Report raises questions about Minnesota gang member registries

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Tyner and Shell published in ABA Law Trends & News

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Artika Tyner and Crixell Shell have been published in the Fall 2009 issue of Law Trends & News, a practice area newsletter by the American Bar Association. Read the article here: A New Addition to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioner’s Toolkit: The Exploration of Restorative Justice and Practical Implementation.

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CJP in the News: St. Paul Pioneer Press discusses work on Gang Data Base Revisions

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The work of the Community Justice Project was a critical component to revising the gang database in St. Paul. The St. Paul Pioneer Press discussed the work of the group in the article, "Handling of gang data revised by Ramsay County sheriff."

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CJP in the News: MPR Covers latest work of CJP

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The latest work of the Community Justice Project is featured on MPR News on March 19, 2010.

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CJP in the News: Twin Cities Daily Planet covers CJP Symposium

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How are the Children? Part III a March 24, 2010 symposium organized by CJP is covered in a Twin Cities Daily Planet article on April 12, 2010, Breaking the Cradle to Prison Pipeline.

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CJP in the News: Minnesota Public Radio covers CJP report on Gang Strike Force

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Lawmakers Toughen Gang Strike Force Oversight - May 17, 2010, MPR story by Tim Nelson speaks of the CJP report on the Gang Strike Force.

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CJP in the News: MinnPost covers Carter Partnership Award

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The MinnPost.com writes of the prestigious Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award finalists in an article on June 7, Minnesota Campus Compact names finalists for Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award.

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CJP Alums Recognized: Tim Flynn and Matthew Stewart

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Community Justice Project alum, Tim Flynn and Matthew Stewart were awarded the Graduate Student Community Engagement Award from the Office of Service Learning and CILCE. Flynn worked on JDAI legislative advocacy and Stewart worked on Gang Database reform efforts as CJP students. Congratulations!

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CJP in the News: Tyner Shares her experience with Highland Park Senior High

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Clinical Law Fellow, Artika Tyner, J.D., is noted for sharing her knowledge and experience as a community organizer and lawyer by Highland Park Senior High in the St. Paul Public Schools AVID Monthly Moment, October 2010.

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CJP Recognition: Members of CJP are recognized at the Community Engagement Celebration on April 27, 2011

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Members of the Community Justice Project are recognized at the Community Engagement Celebration held on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, hosted by UST CILCE and the Office for Service Learning.

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CJP In the News: MinnPost publishes a Q&A with Professor Levy-Pounds

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MinnPost published a Q&A with Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds on July 29, 2011.

The piece was published on the page for YPN (MinnPost's Young Professionals Network) as part of a weekly series called "YPN5Q." The series spotlights the state's top young business and civic leaders and creative minds - professionals propelling change through entrepreneurship, the arts, public service, social media, and community involvement.

Read Professor Levy-Pounds’ interview on MinnPost: YNP5Q Nekima Levy-Pounds.

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